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Taliban Leader Calls For New Holy War
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Amid stepped up
attacks in Afghanistan, the Taliban's elusive leader Mullah Mohammed Omar
has issued a fresh call for a holy war against U.S. troops and Afghans who
work with them.
His latest decree, released in posters widely displayed in eastern
Afghanistan, carries the signatures of 600 Islamic clerics reminding the
faithful of their duty to wage jihad, or holy war.
"Whenever the non-Muslims attack a Muslim land it is the duty of everyone
to rise up against the aggressor," a black-and-white poster reportedly
written by Omar said.
"We were blamed for Osama bin Laden because they said he was a terrorist
and he was taking shelter with us. But what is the fault of Iraq? Iraq has
no Osama bin Laden in his country," it said.
Taliban loyalists in hiding in the tribal regions of Pakistan told The
Associated Press in recent interviews that the regrouping and alliance
building with al-Qaida and rebel warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar's
Hezb-e-islami had been completed. The next phase they said would be hit
and run attacks.
Yet international peacekeepers and the U.S. military headquartered at
Bagram Air Base north of Kabul say they don't expect the war in Iraq to
cause a deterioration in the security situation.
Since the conflict in Iraq began, however, Afghanistan has been shaken by
one incident after another.
In southern Afghanistan - the spiritual heartland of the Taliban militia -
an International Red Cross worker was shot and killed; U.S. Special Forces
were ambushed and two servicemen killed; the international peacekeeping
headquarters in Kabul has been rocketed and there have been several small
scale attacks targeting international troops and their Afghan allies.
The small pamphlets that have been circulated by the Taliban, Hekmatyar
and al-Qaida operatives have given way to poster-size warnings to
international forces. The latest warning, reportedly authored by Omar, was
openly displayed in the towns and villages of eastern Afghanistan and in
the tribal regions of Pakistan.
The 24-inch by 18-inch poster was a mix of verses from the Quran
explaining jihad. Written in Pashtu, the native language of the majority
Pashtuns and the ethnic group from which the Taliban foot soldiers were
drawn, the poster draws parallels between Afghanistan and Iraq.
Afghan Red Cross employees say they have been warned not to work with
"Being a leader of Muslims, I accept that jihad against U.S. troops is our
duty and everyone who assists Americans in executing their mission is
liable to death," warned Omar, who escaped the U.S.-led forces who ousted
the hardline Taliban regime.
"There are only two symbols left in the world today: One is Islam, which
is a religion of peace and the other symbol is (President) Bush, who is a
symbol of terror and hatred," Omar said.
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